KVHW Live at Quixote's True Blue on 1999-11-27
- Live concert
Set 2: A New Africa, Cissy Strut, ? (slow song with Bobby on fretless), Power Of Soul, Point Of No Return, Mr. Potato Head, E: It's Up To You, City Of Tiny Lights
Source: AKG C61 tubes (XY on-stage, dfc) -> Tascam DAP1
Taped by Jimmy Stiefel
Transfer: Sony TCD-D7 > Lucid PCI24 > Soundforge > CDwav > SHN. Transfer & Encoding by Syd Schwartz.
Source: www.setlist.com and Kieth Forman
- 2003-01-06 00:00:00
- Sony TCD-D7 > Lucid PCI24 > Soundforge > CDwav > SHN
- Denver, CO
- Taped by
- Jimmy Stiefel
- Transferred by
- Syd Schwartz
- Quixote's True Blue
Subject: Track 09 is Nefertiti
Subject: my last run of these guys together
get this show now... well worth it...
Subject: My favorite (right now)
Subject: d2 may be my favorite Kimock recording ever...
1. Bad Hair
2. From The Bass Up
3. Nine >
Ring Around The Moon >
4. Poonk >
Express Yourself >
1. If You Only Knew
SET TWO, d2 cont.
3. A New Africa
4. Cissy Strut,
5. ? (slow song with Bobby on fretless)
6. Power Of Soul
1. Point Of No Return
2. Mr. Potato Head
3. It's Up To You
4. City Of Tiny Lights
steve Kimock (lead guitar)
bobby Vega (bass)
alan Hertz (drums)
ray White (vocals, rhythm guitar)
Subject: Stellar source of a stellar show
As you can see, this source is recorded by a set of the famed AKG c61 tube mics, which are truly magic pieces of equipment in the hands of an expert like Jimmy Stiefel. I've never heard a bad recording by the man, or Pat Cooper, who wields the same mics. Doug Greene points out an interesting piece of history on the mics: that Zero's band taper from roughly 1989 to 1996, Steve Fink, fell in love with the c61s and picked up as many of them as he could all over the country, later selling them to the tapers who would continue the XY stage c61 legacy in his absence. The accuracy and warmth of these mics are almost unparalleled. This source is a stage XY recording, but for whatever reasons you can hear the vocals better than you might on your typical stage source. The mics truly shine at low dynamic levels, capturing blissful delicacy in a way few mics can match.
The show opens with a scorching Bad Hair. You can kind of tell there's going to be trouble from the get-go. Plenty of the usual suspectsin the setlist; 9 > Ring > 9, Poonk> Express > Poonk, all done with the high energy and zest you would expect from a a gelled band of seasoned professionals. If I had to characterize the show in one word, that word would be "funky." The boys are just having fun doing what they do best, it sounds very natural. There is stlil quite a bit of exploration (after all, Steve Kimock IS the guitarist, right?), but this is definitely an ass-shaker, full of roots music. For me, the show starts an ascent into psychedelic bliss during Mr. Potato Head's infectious weirdness that continues (after band introductions) relentlessly to an awe-inspiring crescendo in the always-impressive It's Up to You. After some heavy duty noodling that is almost unbearably rockin at around ten minutes in, Steve Kimock reigns in the band and they spend the last several minutes of the song engaged in a gentle psychedelic pong match, effortlessly reacting to one another, gently bringing the listener down from the brutal exposure to a storm of K-waves. As if to continue letting you catch your breath, KVHW ends it on a lighter note, with a still-furious City of Tiny Lites that would do Frank Zappa proud.
I would give the show itself four and a half stars, but the intimacy of the pristine c61 source pushes this baby to a full five stars. Five and a half. Get it!
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